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2018’s Tri-M Success

Top left to right: Serin Matthews, Grace Liriano, Brett Berger, Julia Schwartz, Grady Johnson, John Giardina, Jessica Strassberg, Rebecca Herman, Sarah Winston, Amber Leung,  Bottom left to right: Gianna Lucido, Eliza Romeu, Harrison Blume, Francesca Ferraro  Not pictured: Zainah Alizade

Top left to right: Serin Matthews, Grace Liriano, Brett Berger, Julia Schwartz, Grady Johnson, John Giardina, Jessica Strassberg, Rebecca Herman, Sarah Winston, Amber Leung, Bottom left to right: Gianna Lucido, Eliza Romeu, Harrison Blume, Francesca Ferraro Not pictured: Zainah Alizade

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On Tuesday night, Pascack Hills inducted 15 new and recurring members into the Tri-M Music Honor Society.

The Tri-M Music Honor Society “opens up a world of opportunities for students who have already shown themselves to be academically capable and musically gifted. Through performance and community service, they’ll develop confidence, creativity, critical thinking, compassion, and a host of other leadership skills sure to serve them well in school and beyond.”

Students must apply to be inducted. They have to be enrolled in a band or choir class at Pascack Hills as well as be involved in a music program outside of school. They then have to write an essay and biography to submit as well.

To begin the night, Principal Glenn DeMarrais introduced the program, before a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner quickly followed. As part of their induction, students were asked to go on stage to receive their certificate and repeat a pledge to finalize the process.

Choir inductees performed a piece of their choice, ranging from classical foreign songs (Italian, French, Russian) to modern Broadway music. The band inductees played a song of their choice as well; their instruments included the clarinet to the trombone, the flute to the saxophone.  

This program is held in high regard to the Music directors of Pascack Hills. Choir Director Margarita Elkin says, “A member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society is carefully selected on the basis of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. He or she sets a good example, is always willing to assist those students who are striving to better themselves in the music department, and always remembers that real honor brings responsibility”

A night filled with music and applause, it is not only an important night for the teachers who organized the program, but it is valued by students as well.

Senior Gianna Lucido who was inducted into the Society as a recurring member states, “It’s an honor to be formally recognized for the amount of love and work that goes into such an amazing art form.”

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